Nobody wants a gloomy or a dark room. We are psychologically programmed to move towards light, which is why a window at the end of a hallway or an exterior view draws you in and engages you. That’s why proper lighting is important when showcasing your home to potential buyers because the right lighting has the power to liven up, add warmth, colour, style and personality to a home.
When you want to showcase a room, you need to ask yourself, “what is this room going to be used for?” The kitchen, for example, as one of the most important rooms in the house is also one of the best places to use lighting in layers. You might have a ceiling or pendant light over an island for ambient light, recessed lights in front of the upper cabinets to illuminate your work surfaces, and under-cabinet lighting to fill in shadows on the counter tops. Think of function and practicality.
Dimmers are the key to achieve the right feel to every room. You can use dimmer switches to change the ambiance or mood in any room ( I love it. I have one in every room). Adjust brightness depending on mood and the activity in the room. While additional lighting like floor lamps, table lamps, art lamps, spot lighting, and track lighting can be used to define areas, such as seating groups, while leaving darker spaces between each area.
Lighting can be used to highlight areas of a room that you want noticed. A good example is the dining room, without a chandelier or pendant lighting, the room looks blah and unimportant, but having it completes the room. A common mistake, though, is to turn up a chandelier or pendant in an attempt to illuminate the whole table, or, worse, the entire room. Instead, combine a chandelier or pendant with recessed ceiling lights spaced above the table. The chandelier provides a warm glow; the recessed down lights illuminate the table.
Lighting can be a decorating touch all by itself. During house showings, a layered lighting is always effective. By that I mean, providing the rooms with a mix of ambient, task, and accent light at a variety of levels instead of having one large glaring light in the middle of the ceiling. This can be achieved by incorporating different light sources like table lamps, floor lamps, pot lights, chandeliers, or task lighting if necessary.
The right lighting can really put the finishing touch in a room. Lighting can be the accessories that you room needs to look its best, and compared with many home improvements; lighting is a bargain. But whether you spend a lot or a little, knowing how to light your home properly is important to give it the extra umph when showcasing your home for sale.
is a Canadian Certified Staging Professional. His professional affiliations include the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) and the CSP. He is the recipient of numerous home staging awards and was picked as RESA’s Top Professional Stager of Canada for 2016. He has worked with hundreds of Real Estate Brokers, Investors, Real Estate Agents, and has helped home owners showcase their homes when it is time to sell.
As President and Principal Stager of REDESIGN4MORE, Red provides home staging and interior redecorating services for both small and large-scale residential projects throughout Toronto and the GTA. Click here to learn more about Red and REDESIGN4MORE.
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